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Spend some well-earned downtime in The Netherlands by visiting Utrecht’s Medieval city centre and exploring its famous winding canals, Dom Tower, and Gothic Cathedral of St. Martin. There are many excellent hotels in the city that cater to travellers of all stripes and offer everything from luxury suites in stunning locations to low-key lodgings equipped with all the essentials.
This charming, centrally located hotel stands roughly midway between two of Utrecht’s most famous landmarks, the Dom Tower and Museum Catharijne Convent, on a bustling street that runs parallel to the city’s Oudegracht canal. The hotel features 27 individually designed, well-furnished rooms, with space for solo travellers or couples. The hotel also offers several suites elsewhere in the city that are housed inside cellars along Utrecht’s canals and have ample space for families or groups. Breakfast is included in every booking, and the hotel has bike hire services.
Housed inside a 19th-century townhouse, with an eye-catching curved roof and stunning facade, this cosy boutique hotel lies around one kilometre (0.6mi) away from Utrecht’s bustling city centre in a peaceful neighbourhood surrounded by parklands. There are 45 stunning rooms available at the hotel, equipped with luxurious beds and interior amenities and facilities befitting a four-star establishment. The hotel also features several additional perks aside from its lodgings, including a charming bar and private garden, where guests can recuperate after spending the day exploring Utrecht.
Located underneath Utrecht’s most iconic landmark, the Dom Tower, it is difficult to imagine somewhere with a better location than Hotel Dom. Like many other spots in Utrecht’s city centre, the hotel itself is rich in history, and its suites, restaurant and bar are spread inside a monumental building that dates back to the 18th century. The hotel divides its suites into three different categories, namely Standard, Deluxe and Executive, grouped according to their size and levels of luxury. Nevertheless, each suite inside the hotel boasts many luxurious elements that will make guests feel right at home, including king-size beds and stunning en-suite facilities.
During the 19th century, the mansion that houses this 36-room boutique hotel was converted into an eye hospital by famed ophthalmologist Franciscus Donders, whose groundbreaking work paved the way for many other developments within this branch of medicine. In honour of Donders’ research, Eye Hotel has fitted its rooms with artwork and other objects related to eye care, such as large optometry charts and anatomical models. Aside from the aforementioned decoration, each room available in the Eye Hotel features comfy beds made by a local design studio, desks and en-suite facilities, ensuring that you have everything you need to enjoy your stay in Utrecht.
Anyone who has visited Utrecht has probably noticed the hobbit-hole-like cellars that line the banks of the city’s inner canals. Though they appear small, these centuries-old cellars usually run quite far underground and nowadays contain homes, shops and businesses, including several suites and apartments managed by Hotel26. Due to their proximity to Utrecht’s medieval waterways, these cavernous, fully furnished lodgings are perfect for anyone who wants to discover the city’s vibrant history or experience life on the canals.
Though it is difficult to pinpoint exactly when it was completed, the building that houses Mother Goose has stood in central Utrecht in one form or another for well over 400 years. The building has changed hands many times over the centuries, moving between private residents, a mattress company, then eventually a group of squatters, who were evicted from its premises in the early 21st century. Since then, it has been converted into a modern boutique hotel with 23 luxury bedrooms, complete with exposed stone walls and other elements that illustrate its long history. The hotel’s stunning rooms and suites range from smaller lodgings equipped with essentials, to apartment-sized lodgings that are ideal for longer stays in Utrecht.
Located on the northern banks of Utrecht’s medieval Oudegracht canal, this cosy boutique hotels offers guests the opportunity to rest, recuperate and socialise in beautifully designed spaces that are tailored around green living. Though they range in size, each room at Mark K is individually designed and features hand-picked vintage interior items that match perfectly with the hotel’s welcoming, down-to-earth vibe. Guests at Mary K are treated to an organic, healthy breakfast every morning, made from locally sourced or fair-trade ingredients. What’s more, the hotel maintains an environmentally conscious approach towards hospitality and actively tries to reduce its carbon footprint whenever possible.
Set inside a 14th-century monastery that has served as a sanctuary for monks, knights and even emperors over the centuries, this stately hotel honours its long history by providing guests with the highest standards of hospitality. Aside from offering guests the opportunity to rest inside one of 121 stately rooms or suites, furnished with an impressive array of luxury items and amenities, the hotel also boasts two restaurants, with charming waterside terraces, and a wellness centre. The hotel stands just outside the bustle of central Utrecht, allowing you to experience life in the inner city while still having space to relax away from the crowds.
Phoebe Taplin contributed additional reporting to this article.